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Cold War Prezi
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Morgan Belcher, and Alan Ramljak Cold War Prezi The scientists who developed the atomic bomb suspected that is was possible to create an even more destructive thermonuclear weapon—the hydrogen bomb, or H-bomb.
The United States exploded the first H-bomb on November 1, 1952; however, the Soviets exploded their own thermonuclear weapon on August 1953.
By the time both countries had the H-bomb, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, and John Foster Dulles was his secretary of state.
The willingness of the United States, under President Eisenhower, to go to the edge of all-out war became known as brinkmanship.
Under this policy, the United States trimmed its army and navy and expanded its air force (which would deliver the bombs) and its buildup of nuclear weapons.
As the nation shifted to a dependence on nuclear arms, the Eisenhower administration began to rely heavily on the recently formed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for information.
The CIA used spies to gather information and also began to carry out covert, or secret, operations to weaken or overthrow governments unfriendly to the United States.
When West Germany was allowed to rearm and join NATO, the Soviet Union grew fearful; it formed its own military alliance, known as the Warsaw Pact.
The Warsaw Pact linked the Soviet Union with seven Eastern European countries.
The Eisenhower Doctrine said that the United States would defend the Middle East against an attack by any communist country; President Eisenhower issued this warning in January 1957. Facts 11-20 In 1956 the Suez Canal was nationalized. This angered the French and the British.
The Eisenhower Doctrine said that the U.S. would defend the Middle East against an attack by any communist country.
In 1956 the Hungarian people revolted. They wanted a democratic government.
Imre Nagy formed the new government.
In 1956 the Soviet tanks rolled in and killed 30,000 people.
The U.S. did nothing to help Hungary be free of Soviet control.
The Sputnik was the worlds first artificial satellite.
It traveled around the world 18,000 miles an hour.
On January 31,1958, the U.S. launched it's first satellite.
The U-2s were used to spy on the Soviets. Facts 21-30 The Soviets resented the Americans for their delayed entry into WWII, which caused many Soviet deaths.
Many historians believe that the Cold War was inevitable.
The goal of Containment was to stop the spread of communism.
The Cold War and it's events have left a lasting legacy and is often referred to in popular culture.
After the Cold War Russia cut military spending dramatically.
After the Cold War Russia had a recession even more severe than the U.S and Germany had experienced during the Great Depression.
The U.S was the sole world power left after the Cold War.
The Cold War defined the role of the United States in the post WWII world.
By 1989 the U.S. held 50 military alliances.
The U.S. also had 526,000 troops posted abroad in dozens of countries. Facts 31-40 Facts 1-10 The Cold War marked the apex of peacetime military-industrial complexes.
It also marked the apex of large-scale military funding of science.
The end of the Cold War brought the end of the Soviet Union.
The Cold War cost the U.S. 8 trillion dollars.
The Soviet Union spent as much as 60% of their gross national profit on the Cold War.
100,000 U.S. lives were lost in Korea and Vietnam.
Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech marked the beginning of the cold war.
In 1950 Joseph McCarthy began his communist witch hunt in the U.S.
The Korean war was the first armed conflict of the Cold War.
Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to visit communist China.
The U-2 incident was a cause of great tension between the two superpowers.
The Cold War helped shape the world we know today.